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Petrozavodsk is the capital of Karelia. Petrozavodsk is located on the western coast of the Onega Lake. Even in prehistoric times the Karelian smiths were good at producing pig-iron, forge iron and steel. The beginning of Petrozavodsk was put by Peter the Great who in 1703 had ordered to construct steel mill and cannon factory named Petrovsky. A village that grew near the factory was named Petrovskaya Sloboda. In 1777 Petrovskaya Sloboda became the city Petrozavodsk. In the end of the 18th century the city become the largest metallurgical center of Russia. Alexandrovsky factory was the most technically equipped in Russia and produced cannons, art castings and steam machines.


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